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Pitching and defense win championships. Today, the Cubs had neither. Strike that. This season, the Cubs have had neither.

Carlos Pena, at least, was clearly invigorated by the team’s decision to withdraw him from waivers – he had a couple nice “hustle” hits (including a bunt single against the shift), stole a base, and had a great diving stab in the field. Marlon Byrd had a solo homer. Otherwise, he was busy leaving guys on base.

  • EQ

    That may be one of the best ERA’s I’ve seen in a while with a 6-10 record..

    • VanSlaw

      Clearly, you haven’t checked in lately with your friendly neighborhood Fister.

      • VanSlaw

        Could that link text be more indistinguishable from the regular text?

        • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

          It is technically a different color…

          • VanSlaw

            Ah, so it can.

            • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

              I should look into making that contrast a bit more stark.

      • MichiganGoat

        Yup he’s all the talk here in the mitten state

        • VanSlaw

          I can’t put my finger on it, but there’s something about that dude.

  • Alek

    since the hendryless pixie dust wore off, that means we have to fire Quade now..

  • Falselife

    Iowa is now playing LaHair in left…grooming perhaps?

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      Probably trying to ensure that he actually sees some action if he comes up in September.

  • Falselife

    He only needs one more HR to set the single season HR record in Iowa. Hope he hits this benchmark before he moves on. Unfortunately there has been a rash of ‘power’ hitters that have succeeded mightily in Iowa only to make minimal impacts at the next level. Hoffpauir, Jake Fox, Tyler Colvin (cough, cough), Hee Sop Choi, Tuffy Rhodes….

  • Jason

    Well I’m for one am rooting for Lehair to get a shot w/ Cubs He has proven himself in the minors and was never really given a valid opportunity with a mlb team. Yes he is 28 will be 29 in November but Lehair needs a chance to show what he can do !!

  • Matt Murton

    You’d think Quade would move Byrd out of the 5 hole, given his recent decision to leave everyone in the history of the game on base… But no, that would make too much since wouldn’t it Mr. Quade? What a big slut

    • Kyle N

      And I thought I had heard every Quade insult in the book. . .

      Did not see “slut” coming. Probably in the top-five of unexpected insults.

      Right next to “long-haired hippie.

      • Caleb

        He looks like Krang from Ninja Turtles.

  • MichiganGoat
  • ry

    7 f-ing errors by a pitcher, how pathetic, thats gotta be a record isnt it??

    • Fishin Phil

      And aren’t the majority of them thowing errors? You would think that is the one thing a pitcher ought to be able to do well.

      • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

        Probably didn’t field nearly as many bunts in the AL.

        • Fishin Phil

          Good point, I hadn’t thought of that. More Coffee!!!

          • CubFan Paul

            he needs to f*n calm down on the mound! he was throwing balls to Pena at 1st base at nearly 95mph, repeatedly ..Len&Bob were making jokes about, i believe Muskat tweeted about a radar gun being needed ..and of course it lead to an error.. enable, enable, ..fail

  • MichiganGoat

    I don’t want to admit this but I’m worried that Garza’s passion/energy/excitement could become a problem as he gets older and loses a few mph on his pitches. If we never had Z and saw how being emotional on the mound at first looks like passion and drive, but can be a warning sign for future meltdowns and disappointment I would think twice of his antics. Is anyone else concerned? He really does pitch himself into emotional situations and would anyone be surprised if he has a full blown tantrum next yearvif he continues to be inconsistent. I hope the next GM and manager find a way to help him control his emotions and transfer that energy into top quality pitching. Im not panicking but concerned- thank you Z for making me cautious with passionate behavior!

    • Caleb

      Don’t confuse passion with antics.

      • MichiganGoat

        I agree but there was a time when everyone was all pro about Z’s passion

        • andrew

          I still am all pro about it.

  • Caleb

    You complain about leaving 20+ LOB, we cut that in half, and that’s still not good enough? Sheesh.

    Ps 20 kids last night for law school orientation went to a luxury box for the cards\pirates. I had a quiet dinner with an old guy and 4 nerds.

  • andrew

    Wow Jeff Smar is having a great year, by my standards anyways. Even though it seems that he only pitchs in low risk situations, which there is a lot of those for the cubs. Does this mean we are gonna try and make the best reciever in chicago a starting pitcher again? I mean if his fastball keeps hitting 99mph maybe he could be a more reliable closer that CarMar (made that up myself)

  • RY

    i think michigan goat is dead on with his fears about garza’s emotions, a mini z in waiting.

    • Lou

      Or Garza’s another Jered Weaver solely from the standpoint of emotion. Didn’t he just sign an extension?

      • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

        An undermarket extension, arguably.

        Wonder how much Garza could get on a five year deal…?

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